Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics

  title={Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics},
  author={Marc J. Hetherington and J. Weiler},
• A personality based, authoritarian-nonauthoritarian, divide continues to structure party conflict in America, providing it with the characteristics of polarization. • Barack Obamae's ascendancy to the presidency, in fact, has deepened the divide we identified as emerging in the early 2000s. • The issue agenda, which is central to understanding personality-based polarization, has evolved in ways that have also deepened the divide, particularly with the emergence of immigration reform as a… Expand